Lt. Col Howard Martin Kreager
Graveside Military Honors will be held on Friday, February 23, 2007 at 2 p.m., Poplar Fork Cemetery, Gratiot, for Lt. Colonel Howard Martin Kreager, US Army (Retired). He died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, following a brief illness. Services will be conducted by the US Army burial detail from Ft. Knox, KY with the Ohio National Guard and Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Colonel Kreager was born December 26, 1909, in Gratiot, the son of the late Louis & Mary (Mae) Smart Kreager.
He wa s a gr adua t e of Brownsville HS, class of 1927, and spent his early adult years in Michigan working in the oil fields. He enlisted in the US Army in January, 1942, and was selected for officers training school. Colonel Kreager was stationed with General Mark Clark's 5th Army, in the WWII liberation of Sicily and Italy. In Italy, he received the surrender of an entire German battalion in May, 1945. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars for his courageous service to his country.
He was a 77 year member of Horican Lodge #192 IOOF of Gratiot, and served as Noble Grand. He was the oldest living member of the IOOF, Grand Lodge of Ohio and also was a member of Encampment, Rebekkah's and Canton of the Patriarch's Militant, the uniformed branch of the Odd Fellows. He was an avid hunter, sportsman and trapper. Also, he was an accomplished wood worker. A beloved brother and uncle, he will be greatly missed by his family, for his accomplished story telling ability and his incredible memory and intellect.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Harry in 1987, his sister, Evelyn Mason in 2005 and his nephew, Carroll "Bud" Mason in 2005.
He is survived by his sisters, Helen (Mrs. James) Hoskinson of Gratiot, Mary (Mrs. James) Cole of Cambridge and Trudy (Mrs. John) Kondrath of Broomfrield, Colorado; his nephew, Richard "Dick" Hoskinson of Gratiot; nieces, Frances Olds of New Smyrna Beach, Florida and Jan (Tim) Kardatzke of Broomfield;and several great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5-8 pm at the Hoskinson Funeral Home, 285 E. Main St. in Kirkersville, where Newark Lodge #34 IOOF in conjunction with Advance Lodge #606 of Millersport, along with Brother Charles Lewis, Grand Master of The Grand Lodge of Ohio IOOF, will conduct Odd Fellows services at 7:45 pm.
A caring message may be sent to the family at www. hoskinsonfuneral.com where an on-line guest register is also available.